The COVID-19 pandemic pushed churches all over the world to get their worship experiences online. A burst of global trial and error ensued. The initial results were mixed, but many churches soon reported experiencing significant increases in weekly engagements of thirty minutes or more, as compared to pre-pandemic participation. However, the newness of digital worship wore off eventually. . . . Furthermore, the impact of a large digital gathering is far different from gathering in an actual room full of people and energy.
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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[Jesus said,] “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
—Matthew 10:40 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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